by Lisa Bicknell
I hope all you moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day.
While I wish that for you, I know that it’s a tough day for many mothers, particularly those who have lost children, or whose relationship with their children is less than ideal.
Life is not a Hallmark commercial. Being a parent is never easy, not matter which stage of life your “child” is in at the present time.
Small children and babies demand a lot of time and attention. Sometimes grown young’uns do too! And even if they don’t, their problems are always our problems, because we suffer with our offspring, no matter what age they are.
The rewards of being a mom are many though. Loving and being loved, seeing children grow and develop and change into adults; it’s all a pretty miraculous process, really.
As I’ve noted before, grandchildren are one of the big bonuses of being a parent. My hubby and I have two of the most darling ever, and watching them grow and their personalities unfold is one of the greatest gifts of getting, umm…a little older.
Clay, already 4 and a half, continues to amaze us. He goes to pre-school a couple of days a week now, to story-time at the library, and he plays t-ball. He has some lingering health issues, but he is a champ about it all. His parents are too.
Oaklee, who will soon be two, is growing like a little weed. She’s very independent and observant, and if you’ve ever fallen under her gaze, you will know she can size you up like nobody’s business.
A few weekends ago we had opportunity to go with them to the zoo. Clay is quite knowledgable about animals, thanks to some of the television shows he watches, and he’s been looking forward to going for a long time.
He was particularly excited about seeing the cheetahs, and he is quick to tell you they can run “70 miles an hour.”
Seems to me that is about how fast time flies.
And that’s why we need days like Mother’s Day-to encourage us to pause, reflect and be appreciative as mothers, and of our mothers.
I was sure blessed with a good one myself.